It’s been some time since we’ve heard anything new about Ron Howard’s sprawling, multi-film-and-TV-series adaptation of Stephen King’s masterful Dark Tower series, but in a recent interview with Howard Stern, the director of this week’s The Dilemma dropped a few morsels of information into our laps. What’d he have to say? Keep on reading for the details, my fellow Tower junkies…
We don’t get nearly enough updates in here at Dark Tower HQ, mainly because Ron Howard and NBC/Universal– the director and company responsible for adapting Stephen King’s massive work and bringing it to a screen near you, respectively– have been so tight-lipped about the project. Last we’d heard, there would be a movie, followed by a season of a TV show based on the next book in the series, followed by another movie, then another season’s worth of TV, and then– finally– another movie.
Get all that?
Well, Ron Howard has clarified a little about the series in a recent interview with Howard Stern. Nothing here is mindblowingly new or interesting, but it does reveal a little bit about how the director is hoping to handle the TV portion of things. Here’s what he had to say when he appeared on Stern’s show recently (where he was there to promote his forthcoming The Dilemma):
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff — because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”
First things first: “I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not”? That doesn’t sound very…comforting, does it? Of course, NBC/Universal has agreed to back the films and look at the final drafts of the screenplays that Goldsman’s writing for Howard, but as of yet the project (which will probably run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not over $500m, after this is all said and done) hasn’t been greenlit. Let’s move on and see what else Howard had to say. How ’bout those casting rumors, Howard? The ones that have Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen leading the charge?
“And there are other names on the list… but we’re still early on in the development of it.” … “But there are other people also being considered. They are both artists, and so are some of the other people we’re thinking of. But this is the situation. They have to see, in this case, that we’re using both mediums to really tell a story and [commit for years]“
Here at Dark Tower HQ, we haven’t been able to get Jon Hamm’s face out of our heads since we heard his name being bandied about for the part of Roland: the more we think about it, the more it makes sense. Mortensen and Bardem are both excellent actors, but if it were us casting the role, Hamm would already be studying his lines. Let’s move on and see what Howard had to say about the TV portion of the project, which he said was “really a six-hour special”:
“In a way it’s Stephen King’s life work. He’s woven those characters in and around so many stories… Hey look, there is always a risk when you adapt something and books are challenges. But I think a movie idea is there. And if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan, which is of course a big ig — we’ll be doing movies, we’ll be doing television, and all of that isn’t just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible.The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible.”
Hmm. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned for more. If you’re not already subscribed, make sure to hit the “Subscribe” button up top to get all of our future Dark Tower-related news delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge, the moment it’s published. We’ll have behind-the-scenes news, script updates, trailer information (arriving in just two years!), and more headed your way, so don’t miss out: Sign up to get all Dark Tower updates delivered to your inbox right now!